We have a passion for delivering responsible business practices, driving efficiency gains, and safe guarding the natural and social environment. Our multi-disciplinary team is made up of leading scientific and business professionals.

Stewart Moore

Stewart Moore is one of the Asia Pacific’s most experienced planning and management consultants. He has over 30 years of experience in a wide range of disciplines from business and strategic planning, policy development, tourism destination management and marketing, sustainability, risk management and corporate and social responsibility.

Melinda Watt began her career as an industrial chemist, but since she stepped into the world of EarthCheck she has transitioned from scientist to senior executive of the company and finally to shareholding director. Today she performs all these roles simultaneously, while leading a team of inspiring young professionals.

David Simmons is Emeritus Professor of Tourism at Lincoln University and a global specialist in destination management. From 2008 to 2010 he was Director of Research for the Australian Federal Government’s ‘Sustainable Tourism CRC’, and has contributed to numerous national and local tourism planning exercises in his home New Zealand, and Asia and. He is committed to pushing the frontiers of tourism science and chairs the EarthCheck Research Institute.

Steve has worked as a Chief Sustainability Officer within the hospitality industry for almost a decade, giving him a deep understanding of sustainable operations, management and strategy. He has designed, led and delivered projects across all aspects of ESG, translating complex issues to actionable, targeted, initiatives across different cultures and geographies, and has produced multiple award-winning ESG investor reports. Prior to working in the hospitality industry, Steve spent ten years in academia as an ecologist specialising in ecological and climate change modelling, working in SIDS to understand and manage natural resources. Steve has spent a decade in each of the Americas and Asia, employing a stakeholder engaged approach to empower businesses to create, measure and communicate positive sustainable impact.

Andre Russ

With 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry in business development and operations, André is responsible for evangelising the EarthCheck brand through luxury niche & multi-brand portfolio operations, hotel developments, destinations and ESG teams. André holds a Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Enterprise from Griffith University, a Swiss Hotel Association Advanced Diploma of International Hotel Management and a Diplôme de Culinaire from Le Cordon Bleu Paris.

Nigel Russell

Nigel joined EarthCheck in 2013. Prior to joining the team, he played a leading role in England’s regional tourism sector, with Heart of England Tourist Board and as Head of Tourism with Advantage West Midlands – the regional economic development agency. He has an extensive tourism development track record, working with local, regional and national partners to support the growth of tourism businesses and destinations. Nigel has been a lifelong Glasgow Rangers fan, but since joining EarthCheck and moving to Brisbane, has adopted the state team, the Broncos.

Debra’s journey with EarthCheck commenced in July 2022. For more than 12 years, Debra’s passion for connectivity and teamwork has been evident in how she leads her people with strong technical capabilities to deliver innovative outcomes for her clients.
She has 25 years of senior executive finance experience in local and international roles across many sectors, including logistics, industrial, financial and professional services. She has held several positions within each, leading specialised teams with specialisation in financial management, business partnering, performance improvement, business systems, mergers and acquisitions and project management. Debra is a keen angler outside of her business.

Dr Natasha Montesalvo

Natasha joined EarthCheck having spent four years leading the policy and research team for the peak body for tourism in Queensland. She has a strong understanding of the political systems that govern and shape the tourism industry and how they can strengthen, or inhibit, industry success. Prior to her time at QTIC, Natasha completed her PhD at Griffith University, Brisbane. Her thesis focused on the relational ties between destination management organisations and tourism and hospitality organisations and the impact they have on destination brand buy-in. Before her post-graduate studies, she gained operational experience in luxury hotel groups in Australia and the UK and spent time working across Europe for a major UK tour operator.

Joining in July 2023 Loren is a Principal Consultant working in Carbon Neutral Events, Business Development, and Sustainability Training. Skilled in public sector and international stakeholder management, Loren started by spending 15-years operating adventure tours through 14-Southern African countries. Returning home to New Zealand, she obtained a Master of International Development focused on sustainable tourism (specifically cruise in the Pacific). During the pandemic Loren spent a few fascinating years in the Government-to-Government partnership unit at NZ Trade and Enterprise. Loren moved to Brisbane, Australia, in 2023 where she is loving the reliable weather, tropical fruit, and hiking through all the National Parks. 

Joshua Nielsen

Joshua has been with EarthCheck since March 2022, working with EarthCheck’s Benchmarking data, producing group reports for corporate clients, and assisting with other queries and requests from clients. Joshua joined EarthCheck after completing a Bachelor of Science Honours majoring in Environment and Sustainability, and previously having completed a dual degree Bachelors of Mathematics (Statistics) and Science (Zoology). Joshua is analytically minded and loves working with numbers and spreadsheets. On a personal note, Joshua considers his spirit animal to be an Echidna; and he likes to enjoy his time outside the office by watching NRL and tennis.

Wayne Carlson

Wayne Carlson has over 30 years involvement with tourism in research, strategy, brand, marketing and management – across destinations, events, attractions, transport, major venues and hospitality. He has extensive experience in the domestic market, as well as Europe, UK, North America and Asia. Wayne was a member of the national Tourism Research Committee for four years and led one of Australia’s largest travel consumer research studies. He has collaborated with a range of global brands as partners and lectured on tourism, events and brands at tertiary level.

After starting in tourism with theme parks, today Wayne is one of Australia’s most experienced tourism analysts, and brings a global view and his significant consumer and industry insights to assist with understanding and shaping successful strategies for destinations, industry and government, across the world.

Andy Vo

Andy Vo is a dedicated sustainable design consultant currently serving as a Design Program Manager at EarthCheck. With a career spanning over a decade, Andy has established himself as a go-to-lead in sustainable engineering and energy assessment. Before joining EarthCheck, Andy was associated with organisations, including Stantec, Professional Certification Group Pty Ltd, and Certis Group, where he excelled in various roles and gained comprehensive experience.

Andy is a Queensland University of Technology graduate with a Master’s Degree in Project Management and a Bachelor’s Degree in Structural Engineering. He is a Green Star Professional and is considered a subject matter expert, skilled in creating and implementing sustainable solutions that satisfy project requirements and enhance environmental outcomes.

Andy’s contributions extend beyond professional commitments. He serves as a Career Mentor at the Queensland University of Technology, where he helps shape the careers of budding professionals in the sustainability sector. His affable nature and in-depth knowledge of the industry make him a valuable member of the EarthCheck team and an inspiration to many. Always looking for ways to reduce environmental impact, Andy is admired for his tenacity, innovative approach, and commitment to driving sustainability in every project he oversees.

Isabelle joined EarthCheck’s at the start of 2023, and comes from a sustainable design background, studying a Bachelor of Design, majoring in Architecture with an Urban and Regional Planning minor.  Isabelle works in the Design and Certification team to help clients and project teams to optimise their sustainability approach for destination certification, and with the training and development of our global portfolio of EarthCheck Design Accredited Professionals. Growing up in between rural Victoria and the Sunshine Coast, Isabelle had the opportunity to experience the diversity of the Australian landscape, which inspired her passion to be a part of a sustainable design future.

Damien is the Manager of Software Development, whose responsibilities include project management, vendor management, ICT, cybersecurity, analysis and strategy. Possessing strong business acumen, professionalism, and tactful communication skills he strives to cultivate a positive work environment and motivate his team. Damien has worked with Microsoft Technologies in the .NET and SQL Server family in web, desktop and mobile environments as a project manager, software developer and in devops for twenty years. He has an eclectic taste in a diverse range of music.

Originally from Cordoba, in central Argentina, Romina has spent the last four years working and studying in Australia. Her academic qualifications include a Master’s Degree in Business (Applied Finance major) from Queensland University of Technology and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Management from the National University of Cordoba (Argentina). With extensive experience in the hospitality industry and over 10 years’ experience in customer service roles, Romina is excited and committed to supporting her members along their journey to achieve sustainable outcomes.

Sajita More

Sajita joined the EarthCheck team recently as the Relationship Manager for Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris – worldwide. She is an Indian- originally from Pune, which is her main reason of excitement to assist a native brand. Having lived in India since childhood, she studied her bachelors in Science- Hospitality Studies from the University of Pune. Her passion for the industry brought her to Australia to pursue her Masters in Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management from the University of Queensland. She also has a Master’s degree in Human Resources with higher distinction from the University of Pune and has completed a number of certifications which are ISO certified. Her fluency in English, Hindi, Marathi, Telugu and a couple of other regional languages gives her an ability to cater to multilingual and multicultural clients. At EarthCheck she is exploring the different areas of sustainability and is excited to assist her clients in contributing to destinations and the environment in a personalized manner.

Jennifer is the Relationship Manager for our key corporate groups in Europe, Mauritius, French Polynesia, as well as for a number of worldwide members and destinations. She was born in Barcelona, Spain, and in addition to her native languages, Spanish and Catalan, she is fluent in English and speaks some French. Jennifer holds a Business Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Barcelona and an MBA (High Distinction) from Kaplan Business School, Brisbane. Jennifer loves travelling, hiking and has a great passion for environmental conservation.

Rosanna Sanfeliu Giaimo

Originally from Cartagena, Colombia Rosanna relocated to Australia in 2020 to study for her Graduate Certificate in Sustainability at the University of Sydney. She also lived a year in Spain, where she completed her Master’s in Government and Public Administration from the Complutense University of Madrid. With more than 10 years of experience working in the public and private sector, she has a well-rounded skill set in project management and stakeholder management. She is passionate about sustainability and providing excellent customer service. An energetic and driven person, with an interest in accomplishing work that matters and has a positive impact on sustainable development. Her mission at EarthCheck is to guide members and destinations across the globe, to successfully measure and monitor sustainability performance and achieve their sustainability goals.

Sarah was born in Germany, where she studied International Tourism Management and later Health Management in Tourism in Austria and Malaysia. She worked and travelled in Australia and South-East-Asia before moving to Austria. After working as a Management Trainee, Spa and Thermal Spa Manager for five years, she relocated to South Tyrol, Italy. Sarah joined the EarthCheck Team as Relationship Manager in December 2021 and is now supporting individual members in Europe, the Caribbean and the Middle East as well as several member groups such as Kempinski, Sircle Collection and Pride of Britain. Sarah is passionate about sustainability, cycling, mountain climbing, cross-country skiing and diving. Sarah’s mother tongue is German, she speaks English fluently and knows basic Italian and Spanish.

Diana was born in Colombia, and currently lives in Barcelona. She joined EarthCheck as a Relationship Manager in May 2023, to support members in Spain to place sustainability at the core of their operations. She has a degree in International Tourism & Hotel Management, and a Master in Sustainable Tourism Destinations. Diana has specialized in the field of sustainable tourism consultancy, and she also has experience within digital tourism businesses operations, and hotel operations.

Her passion for tourism has led her to live in Australia and Spain, and to travel around the world. Being community and sustainability driven, Diana has participated in community volunteer projects in Colombia, Fiji Islands and Nepal; and always tries to bring that commitment to her daily life.

Alice was born in Northern Italy, she joined the Relationship Managers Team in June 2023. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Economics. She did a European volunteering service year in Berlin and an Erasmus semester in Innsbruck where she was able to learn German.

Her mother tongue is Italian and she also speaks English and has basic knowledge of Spanish. Alice loves travelling and learning about different cultures, she tries to combine this passion with the sustainability issues to best support the members she works with.

Yuritzin, born in Mexico City, relocated to Cancún in the early 1980s. This move allowed her to witness this region’s remarkable growth, fostering the deep connection and commitment she maintains today. Yuritzin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication, which adds a unique facet to her diverse professional profile. She devoted a significant decade of her career to serving as the Mexico Project Manager for a notable UK Foundation. Then, over 16 years, she became a key advocate for sustainable practices within the travel industry across Cancun and Riviera Maya. Yuritzin has led projects to empower Mayan women entrepreneurs and pioneered the development of sustainable supply chains, bridging the gap between the travel industry and rural businesses. Her passion stems from a profound respect for the wisdom of nature and cultural heritage, both of which she views as indispensable resources for cultivating a restorative economy. She continues to nurture this commitment today, seeking opportunities that promote sustainable growth and cultural preservation.

Bingni joined EarthCheck in May 2019 as the dedicated Corporate Relationship Manager for Capella Hotels & Resorts, Kerzner International, Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts and Wharf Hotels worldwide. A Chinese native from Shanghai (China), she have spent a total of 2 years living and studying in Australia. Bingni completed her Master’s degree in Communication from The University of Queensland and she also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chinese Language and Literature from Fudan University, China. With previous academic knowledge in the field of public relations and professional communication, and working experience as Executive Assistant in Sodexo China, Bingni is excited and committed to supporting her members along their journey to help achieve sustainable outcomes.

Elena joined EarthCheck in November 2023 and is one of our Relationship Managers based in Spain. She was born in Italy, moved to Austria, and then finally to Spain to finalize her studies, and where now she’s currently living. She helps members in Spain to prioritise daily sustainability actions and takes care of their operations supporting them in their sustainability journey.

Having recently graduated from Universitat de Lleida (Ostelea Tourism Management School) with a Bachelor of Tourism and Leisure Management, she has grown experience in gender equality and sustainability applied to events and tourism. In addition to her native language, Italian, she is fluent in Spanish, English, and German and knows basic Catalan and French.


She has many passions: traveling, music, yoga, spirituality, dance, and art.

Selina was born in Taiwan but grew up in New Zealand. During High School, she found her passion in being of service to others and began her journey in Hotel and Tourism Management. Due to the nature of hospitality work, she has had the opportunity to travel and work in a few countries such as Switzerland, Japan, the United Kingdom, and Australia. With over 10 years of experience in hotel operations and management, particularly in Front Office and Guest Relations, Selina has exceptional customer service, problem solving and team management skills. Through her career in hospitality, she developed a new passion for sustainability and environmental protection and endeavored to find a way to bring her two passions together. Selina joined EarthCheck as a Relationship Manager in May 2023, and she is excited to be working with members around the world to make our planet more sustainable.

Ryder is a Sustainability Officer at EarthCheck, with a bachelor’s degree in Business Tourism and Hospitality Management, majoring in Tourism Management. He is well versed in sustainability practices and how they provide a framework for improved tourism operations. As a Sustainability Officer, Ryder supports the Benchmarking and Certification team through data analysis, project research, business support services, and report delivery. Having grown up in the Northern Rivers region of NSW, Ryder has developed a strong connection to diverse ecosystems in which many tourism businesses operate. As such, Ryder is committed to driving sustainability within tourism procedures and aims to work with EarthCheck in delivering sustainability as a core business value.

Emily Hanrahan

Emily worked for EarthCheck and the Queensland Tourism Industry Council in 2022 as a receptionist, but in early 2023, moved into a Project Officer role within the EarthCheck Consulting team. She has a Bachelor of International Tourism and Hotel Management from the University of Queensland and a Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Tourism with distinction from Central Queensland University. Having worked in various iconic tourism and hospitality businesses over the past eight years, Emily has a deep understanding of the industry and is passionate about the use of tourism to encourage sustainability at destinations worldwide. Emily loves to travel internationally and spends most of her weekends relaxing or bodyboarding at the beach.

With a Marketing and Public Relations background from the Queensland University of Technology, Sophie is our ever efficient Receptionist. Before she transitioned into the tourism industry, she spent five years as a Childcare Educator at Kidz Magic Child Care Centre, where she honed her relationship management skills. Today, Sophie is an integral member of the EarthCheck team, handling frontline communication with professionalism. Her strengths lie in Public Relations and Marketing, evident in her project work with our member’s achievement of social media monthly campaigns. Sophie has a detail-oriented nature and strategic thinking. She consistently strives to add value to her workplace.

Helen joined in the EarthCheck in November 2019. She maintains daily financial happenings within EarthCheck.

With 15 years of experience in commercial accounting fields ,Helen is very proactive and dedicated to ensuring all our accounting needs are taken care of.

Amelita joined EarthCheck in 2015 as our Sales Support Specialist. With a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems, Amelita has worked with various companies from different industries including insurance, logistics, consumer electronics, and KPO (Knowledge Process Outsourcing) focusing on sales and business development. With 18 years’ experience, Amelita brings a wealth of experience into the role and liaises closely with our sales partners. She loves spending time with her family and exploring beautiful places.

Rhizza joined EarthCheck recently as a Sales Support Specialist working hand in hand with Amelita in Cebu, Philippines. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and has worked for 15 years with a shipping company then a courier company as a Customer Service Coordinator and as a Sales Account Executive respectively. She received an award in 2015 as a Top Sales Contributor in her assigned region as she was a dedicated and hardworking person. Rhizza also serves as a Sunday School teacher at their church and loves baking during her spare time.

With a drive to improve business processes and the customer journey through information technology, Clea has solid experience in identifying areas for improvement and developing effective solutions to increase efficiency and productivity. As Business Analyst, Clea is dedicated to helping EarthCheck deliver quality systems and product functionality to support our members. With over 15 years experience working across industries, including digital marketing, design and engineering, she brings a well-rounded approach to her work and the confidence to learn and execute quickly. Clea enjoys her garden, meeting up with friends, travel and painting.

Vikram joined EarthCheck at the end of 2023 to assist the ICT team in Business Analysis, Requirements Gathering, and Process management around projects. Currently studying a Master of Computer Science Management with an interest in human-centered computing around Sustainability at the University of Queensland, Vikram is proficient in understanding the end users and has experience in extensive areas of Business Analysis. In Vikram’s spare time, he enjoys spending time collecting Vinyls and enjoying live music.

Ewan joined EarthCheck during mid-2023 to assist in the development of EarthCheck software projects. With nearly three years’ experience in software development, and an educational background in Mathematics and Computer Science, Ewan brings a highly logical view to the team. Currently studying under a Bachelor of Advanced Science at the University of Queensland, Ewan is proficient in problem solving and has experience in extensive areas of software development. In Ewan’s spare time, he enjoys spending time out-doors, cycling, and casually mountain biking in the Brisbane area.

Shyam Agarwal

Shyam is an accomplished Software Developer who brings a robust 14-year history of experience to his role. Proficient in handling a range of technologies and domains, he has adeptly managed all stages of the software development lifecycle for medium to large-scale projects. With nearly a decade of using Agile methodologies, Shyam excels in continuous software delivery and full-stack web development, effectively overseeing both front-end and back-end applications. Not only is Shyam recognised for his impressive coding, debugging, and troubleshooting skills, but he also has a knack for quickly comprehending domain knowledge and user perspectives. His interpersonal skills and collaborative approach greatly aid in seamless interaction with various stakeholders, ensuring smooth project execution. Dedicated to continuous learning, Shyam remains updated with the latest technologies, bringing an innovative approach to EarthCheck’s software development.

Elizabeth Mulliss

Elizabeth joined EarthCheck at the start of 2022 to assist the Consulting Team with projects, and the Benchmarking Team to support members in gaining EarthCheck certification. With a Bachelor of Environmental Management (Honours) from the University of Queensland, Elizabeth provides a holistic view to tourism planning and destination management, as well as an eye for detail with data analysis. Elizabeth’s sustainability mindset is invaluable to providing support to a variety of projects within EarthCheck.

Tong joined EarthCheck as an intern in early 2023 and became a Sustainability Officer within the Relationship Management team in June 2023, responsible for the benchmarking, certification services, and project research covering environmental sustainability. Originally from Shenzhen, China, Tong is currently studying for his master’s degree in Environmental Management at the University of Queensland, having a research and academic experience related to carbon management, environmental laws, risk assessment, and ESG reporting. He acquired his bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Science during his 4 years of study in China, which gave him extensive knowledge in science, agribusiness, and sustainability. With his diverse background, Tong is passionate about pursuing sustainability and environmental protection and is eager to support global members to achieve sustainable outcomes.

Eliza joined EarthCheck as a Sustainability Project Manager in August 2023 to assist the Consulting team with their portfolio of projects. Eliza brings with her a Bachelor of Business in Sustainable Tourism Management from Griffith University, a Certificate of Climate Change Policy and Practice from the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies, and extensive experience in the global tourism industry in both the public and private sectors. It was an interest in the conservation of the Great Barrier Reef that led Eliza to tourism, as she believes it is a means to educate people on global sustainability issues.

Her education and experience have cultivated a strong understanding of the challenges, and opportunities, that destinations and businesses face while navigating growth and sustainability. After five years living in Canada, Eliza is excited to be back in Australia where she looks forward to food gardening in a sub-tropical climate without fear of a rogue frost.

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There are more than 476 million Indigenous Peoples, found in all regions of the world, from the Arctic to the tropical forests. They make up more than 6 per cent of our global population.


In the spirit of reconciliation, EarthCheck acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout the world and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Indigenous Peoples today.


EarthCheck acknowledges that Indigenous Peoples are guardians of the forests and biodiversity hotspots we all depend on. Research shows that lands managed by Indigenous Peoples, with secure rights, experience lower deforestation rates, store more carbon, hold more biodiversity, and benefit more people than other lands — including protected areas.


We recognise and support the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), the most comprehensive international instrument on the rights of Indigenous Peoples. The Declaration is a positive document that maps out a path for Indigenous Peoples to be free from discrimination and secure in their identities and life choices.

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EarthCheck Certified: Aligned globally

EarthCheck science and products were developed by the Australian Government Sustainable Tourism Co-operative Research Centre (STCRC) over ten years. Our science is reviewed annually to ensure that it meets international standards relative to greenhouse gas protocols, responsible tourism, and certification.

EarthCheck products and services are built on the Agenda 21 principles for Sustainable Development endorsed by 182 Heads of State at the United Nations Rio De Janeiro Earth Summit in 1992 and aligned to the SDGs.

EarthCheck Certified provides a framework for organisations to achieve the desired outcomes for sustainable development as set out in the final report of the World Summit for Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg in 2002.

EarthCheck Certified complies with the Mohonk Agreement (2000), which outlines the guidelines and principles for an international sustainable tourism certification program. It is also a Recognised program of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC).

EarthCheck Certified is a verification standard accepted by CDP. It is also an approved program of the Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People’s Republic of China (CNCA), London & Partners, the Mexican Secretary of Tourism (SECTUR) and the City of Sydney.

EarthCheck Certified is an approved program for meeting the EU Energy Directive for the Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (Bundesamt für Wirtschaft und Ausfuhrkontrolle – BAFA) in Germany and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy) in the Netherlands.

EarthCheck partners with international research organisations to maintain the currency of EarthCheck science and our benchmarking systems.

The EarthCheck brand signifies scientific excellence, better environmental, economic, and social performance, improved community interactions, and savings through more efficient use of resources. It provides recognition and promotional support to a global consumer market.